Game time: 9:00 PM ET
Probable Pitchers: Suk-Min Yoon (Korea) and Carlos Silva (Venezuela)
While Korea's pitching has been superb against many of its Classic foes, we've also seen it collapse against Japan in the first round. Venezuela's lineup is far more fearsome that Japan's, and sports an impressive amount of power. I suspect that if things start to go downhill, they'll fall apart quickly for Korea's young starter. Korea's strength's have always been touted as pitching and defense, so I think that if Yoon can keep it in the park, he could keep the score low. On the other side, Carlos Silva has been good in the classic, but against such hard hitting foes as Italy and the Netherlands. No offense to those squads, but I don't think it would take much for the Koreans to eke out a few runs here and there - a single here, a stolen base there.
Realistically though, I doubt small ball will be enough against Venezuela. I think Venezuela'll keep on hitting, and move on to the final game.
Pool 1 - Japan 6 Korea 2
Japan really hit Korea on Thursday to take the top seed in Pool 1, with 15 hits scoring their 6 runs. Korea wasn't helped by uncharacteristically sloppy defense, allowing two unearned runs, and committing three errors - 2 of them by first baseman Tae-Kyun Kim. In any case, I'd kind of like to not see these two teams in the final game - I'm a little sick of this matchup. Then again, I'm also sort of tired of US v. Venezuela. Any other permutations are fine with me.